CLAN FARQUHARSON 2021 GATHERING
WEDNESDAY 11th AUGUST 2pm (BST)
CARN-NA-CUIMHNE (the Cairn of Memory) is a revered place of remembrance where members of Clan Farquharson would rally prior to battle, each Clansman placing a stone on the cairn that they would remove upon their safe return. Any stones remaining would indicate the number of those who had fallen in battle. Today, we gather at the Cairn for an annual service of remembrance, where we remember those who have left us during the past year and pray for the loved ones they have left behind.
Being an important element of our annual Clan Gathering and due to the uncertainty surrounding the course of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the service will be a low-profile occasion this year. We nevertheless hope to film the ceremony and share with members thereafter. For last year's 2020 Virtual Gathering, the Cairn Ceremony service was quite different from previous years as we aimed to bring together all of the elements of remembrance, the setting, the generations and Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters, all collectively enhanced by a celebration of music. In fact, there were 5 solo tunes played by 3 musicians, including our local and talented fiddler, Paul Anderson. Each stone on the cairn represents a life that has been lost and, in days of old, these were principally of clansmen, many leaving young children fatherless. This inspired us to invite a young piper to play the lament.